$6,200 in 1849 → $191,292.09 in 2017

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U.S. Inflation Rate, 1849-2017 ($6,200)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year. Prices in 2017 are 2985.4% higher than prices in 1849.

In other words, $6,200 in the year 1849 is equivalent in purchasing power to $191,292.09 in 2017, a difference of $185,092.09 over 168 years.

The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.99%.

Inflation from 1849 to 2017
Cumulative price change 2985.36%
Average inflation rate 2.06%
Price difference ($6,200 base) $185,092.09
CPI in 2017 244.786


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


Inflation rates for specific categories

Gasoline (all types) · Medical care · Alcoholic beverages · More

Inflation-adjusted measures

S&P 500 price · S&P 500 earnings · Shiller P/E

News headlines from 1849

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky's execution is cancelled at the last moment.
  • Elisabeth Blackwell is the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree.
  • First photograph of a US president is taken in New York, when Matthew Bady photographed President James Knox Polk

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.

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